History Main / LawOfInverseFertility

21st Feb '17 12:53:57 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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** Not just Genesis; the respective mothers of Samuel, Samson, John the Baptist. In fact, Michal, the wife of King David and daughter of King Saul, was the only notably infertile woman in the Bible who didn't eventually give birth (her infertility being a divine punishment [[note]] Possibly. It might be a coincidence that by that point in the story she was forced into renewing her marriage with David, who didn't love her, took pleasure in embarrassing her, and only used her as a means to an end, to secure the kingship of Israel. Several Biblical scholars have suggested that the only reason Michal had no children was because David wasn't giving her any. What makes this all the more tragic is that years ago Michal had saved David's life from her own father Saul, then waited while David abandoned her. Saul married her to another man who by all accounts loved her and treated her well, but when Saul died and David took the throne he took her away from her husband and remarried her solely to secure the kingship. You could see why she was bitter enough to insult David for dancing in front of the ark. [[/note]]). Mary, the mother of Jesus, could fall under this trope as well.

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** Not just Genesis; the respective mothers of Samuel, Samson, John the Baptist. In fact, Michal, the wife of King David and daughter of King Saul, was the only notably infertile woman in the Bible who didn't eventually give birth (her infertility being a divine punishment punishment.[[note]] Possibly. It might be a coincidence that by that point in the story she was forced into renewing her marriage with David, who didn't love her, took pleasure in embarrassing her, and only used her as a means to an end, to secure the kingship of Israel. Several Biblical scholars have suggested that the only reason Michal had no children was because David wasn't giving her any. What makes this all the more tragic is that years ago Michal had saved David's life from her own father Saul, then waited while David abandoned her. Saul married her to another man who by all accounts loved her and treated her well, but when Saul died and David took the throne he took her away from her husband and remarried her solely to secure the kingship. You could see why she was bitter enough to insult David for dancing in front of the ark. [[/note]]). [[/note]]) Mary, the mother of Jesus, could fall under this trope as well.



* Frequently happens in ''Roleplay/TheGunganCouncil''. Beth gets knocked up after her first time ever and Kirk, who vehemently ''does not'' want children, knocks someone up as well with just one encounter [[note]] The woman he knocked up decided to terminate the child anyway, yet for her own reasons.[[/note]].

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* Frequently happens in ''Roleplay/TheGunganCouncil''. Beth gets knocked up after her first time ever and Kirk, who vehemently ''does not'' want children, knocks someone up as well with just one encounter encounter.[[note]] The woman he knocked up decided to terminate the child anyway, yet for her own reasons.[[/note]].[[/note]]
23rd Jan '17 2:37:20 PM ectostar
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In many cases the stress of trying to have a baby will suppress fertility, and, once the couple decides to adopt or give up, the stress disappears, and: hooplah! They have a baby! Sometimes it's ''after'' they went through the hassle of adopting, [[SweetAndSourGrapes as if Mother Nature felt humorous one day.]]

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In many cases the stress of trying to have a baby will suppress fertility, and, once the couple decides to adopt or give up, the stress disappears, and: hooplah! They have a baby! Sometimes it's ''after'' they went through the hassle of adopting, [[SweetAndSourGrapes as if Mother Nature felt humorous one day.]]
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** [[MySecretPregnancy She had also tried to keep her pregnancy a secret from her husband.]] He only found out by chance when he was picking up their trash after a rat had ripped open a bag and discovered the positive test. Needless to say, he was not happy.
** [[ButWeUsedACondom They're not really sure how it happened, as she had been on the pill when she got pregnant.]] [[spoiler:Asuka]] claims that the drugs were expired while [[spoiler:Shinji]] suspects that she forgot to be constant in taking it. Of course, it's also possible they fell into that small percentile where it doesn't work, something he [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] with a weary "we've beaten worse odds before".

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** [[MySecretPregnancy She had also tried to keep her pregnancy a secret from her husband.]] husband]]. He only found out by chance when he was picking up their trash after a rat had ripped open a bag and discovered the positive test. Needless to say, he was not happy.
** [[ButWeUsedACondom They're not really sure how it happened, as she had been on the pill when she got pregnant.]] pregnant]]. [[spoiler:Asuka]] claims that the drugs were expired while [[spoiler:Shinji]] suspects that she forgot to be constant in taking it. Of course, it's also possible they fell into that small percentile where it doesn't work, something he [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] with a weary "we've beaten worse odds before".



* In ''Film/HannahAndHerSisters'', [[Creator/WoodyAllen Mickey]] is told he is infertile. He and his wife Hannah have twins via in-vitro fertilization and a sperm donation from a family friend. Years later, [[spoiler: Mickey marries Holly and she surprises him at Thanksgiving by telling him that [[BabiesEverAfter she's pregnant.]]]]

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* In ''Film/HannahAndHerSisters'', [[Creator/WoodyAllen Mickey]] is told he is infertile. He and his wife Hannah have twins via in-vitro fertilization and a sperm donation from a family friend. Years later, [[spoiler: Mickey marries Holly and she surprises him at Thanksgiving by telling him that [[BabiesEverAfter she's pregnant.]]]]pregnant]].]]



* Carrie and Doug's difficulties in having a baby were used occasionally on ''Series/TheKingOfQueens''. One two-part episode had Carrie get pregnant, only to [[ConvenientMiscarriage suffer a miscarriage.]] In the GrandFinale they end up adopting, only to find out that they are having one of their own as well.

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* Carrie and Doug's difficulties in having a baby were used occasionally on ''Series/TheKingOfQueens''. One two-part episode had Carrie get pregnant, only to [[ConvenientMiscarriage suffer a miscarriage.]] miscarriage]]. In the GrandFinale they end up adopting, only to find out that they are having one of their own as well.



* Played straight on ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}''. Ygraine is desperate to give Uther an heir, but is unable to do so. She gets so desperate that she turns to magic -- or Uther gets so desperate that they do, we don't know for sure -- and though she gets pregnant, she [[BalancingDeathsBooks dies giving birth.]]

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* Played straight on ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}''. Ygraine is desperate to give Uther an heir, but is unable to do so. She gets so desperate that she turns to magic -- or Uther gets so desperate that they do, we don't know for sure -- and though she gets pregnant, she [[BalancingDeathsBooks dies giving birth.]]birth]].



** Jonathan and Martha desperately wanted a child, but Martha turned out to be infertile. [[MosesInTheBulrushes Cue baby Kal-El landing almost literally right in their laps.]]

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** Jonathan and Martha desperately wanted a child, but Martha turned out to be infertile. [[MosesInTheBulrushes Cue baby Kal-El landing almost literally right in their laps.]]laps]].



8th Dec '16 9:09:07 PM Omeganian
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** In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2738354/1/Truth-Through-Mirrors]]'', Raven falls pregnant during her and Beast Boy's first time.
** ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2786037/1/The-Little-Cherub]]'' series. Raven falls pregnant after she and Beast Boy have sex while drunk. She runs away, and only returns with their kid a few years later. Her and Beast Boy start a relationship, have three more kids (none exactly planned for, though very much welcome), get married... come seven years later, and Raven is pregnant again [[ButWeUsedACondom despite strict birth control]].

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** In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2738354/1/Truth-Through-Mirrors]]'', net/s/2738354/1/Truth-Through-Mirrors Truth Through Mirrors]]'', Raven falls pregnant during her and Beast Boy's first time.
** ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2786037/1/The-Little-Cherub]]'' net/s/2786037/1/The-Little-Cherub The Little Cherub]]'' series. Raven falls pregnant after she and Beast Boy have sex while drunk. She runs away, and only returns with their kid a few years later. Her and Beast Boy start a relationship, have three more kids (none exactly planned for, though very much welcome), get married... come seven years later, and Raven is pregnant again [[ButWeUsedACondom despite strict birth control]].
8th Dec '16 9:08:00 PM Omeganian
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* In the WesternAnimation/TeenTitans fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9862443/1/Timing-is-Everything Timing is Everything]]'', played for both couples and causes quite a bit of tension. On the one hand, Robin and Starfire have trouble conceiving - turns out they ''are'' genetically compatible despite being different species, but human sperm are too weak for her reproductive system. First, there is an argument about using IVF, then an attempt fails. Raven, on the other hand, has a ButICantBePregnant moment - she's only supposed to be capable of having children with someone who has demon blood. However, she's dating Beast Boy, and apparently his shapeshifting abilities extend to his sperm enough to fool Raven's reproductive system. Then Beast Boy recommends that Starfire [[AutoErotica sits in the T-Car]] next time she's implanted, since that's where Raven got pregnant. Apparently, it works.

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* Used extensively by [[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/926223/beautifulpurpleflame Beautifulpurpleflame]] (''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' fics):
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In the WesternAnimation/TeenTitans fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2738354/1/Truth-Through-Mirrors]]'', Raven falls pregnant during her and Beast Boy's first time.
** ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2786037/1/The-Little-Cherub]]'' series. Raven falls pregnant after she and Beast Boy have sex while drunk. She runs away, and only returns with their kid a few years later. Her and Beast Boy start a relationship, have three more kids (none exactly planned for, though very much welcome), get married... come seven years later, and Raven is pregnant again [[ButWeUsedACondom despite strict birth control]].
** ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3150847/1/Conceived Conceived]]'': Both Starfire and Raven fall pregnant due to a villain weapon's side effects (Starfire from Robin, Raven from Beast Boy).
** ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3507597/1/A-Late-Night-of-Reflection A Late Night of Reflection]]''. The whole fic is Beast Boy thinking about how difficult it was for him and Raven to finally have their son.
** In ''[[https://www.
fanfiction.net/s/9862443/1/Timing-is-Everything Timing is Everything]]'', played for both couples and causes quite a bit of tension. On the one hand, Robin and Starfire have trouble conceiving - turns out they ''are'' genetically compatible despite being from different species, planets, but human sperm are too weak for her reproductive system. First, there is an argument about using IVF, then an attempt fails. Raven, on the other hand, has a ButICantBePregnant moment - she's only supposed to be capable of having children with someone who has demon blood. However, she's dating Beast Boy, and apparently his shapeshifting abilities extend to his sperm enough to fool Raven's reproductive system. Then Beast Boy recommends that Starfire [[AutoErotica sits in the T-Car]] next time she's implanted, since that's where Raven got pregnant. Apparently, it works.
6th Dec '16 12:41:11 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/SchoolWaltz'': Zolya sneaks Gosha into her family's apartment for some post-graduation sex. Naturally, she turns up pregnant. A shocked Gosha dumps her.
19th Nov '16 1:06:36 AM Mei-may
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* At first this trope is played straight in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'''s ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/series/174092 Parable]]'' series, as Shepard's mother abused drugs during her pregnancy, Jane was born biotic but also infertile which is a sore point for her when she married Garrus as she saw herself unable to give him a family. Then the tropes is averted in [[MassEffect2 ME2]], thanks to the Reaper techs used for her resurrection, Jane became pregnant with [[UntoUsASonAndDaughterAreBorn two hybrids]] and despite the closing-in war and the knowledge that their children wouldn't be able to live in peace for what they were, the couple decided to go through with it and carried the two fetuses to term.
** And then it played straight again in [[MassEffect3 ME3]] after Jane volunteered herself as Mordin's test subject to create a specialized cure for the Genophage. The experience succeeded but its side-effects combined with the Reaper techs inside her being fried by the Crucible rendered Jane interfile once more, completely destroyed her and Garrus's wish of giving their twins more siblings.
3rd Nov '16 4:29:16 PM DesertDragon
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* ''Literature/WhatsBredInTheBone''. Marie Therese, as a teenager, has sex with a hotel footman after her debut (possibly in ignorance of the potential consequences). Since the family is Catholic, of course they wouldn't ''dream'' of an abortion, which was illegal at the time anyway...but lots of scalding hot baths, many doses of castor oil and large quantities of gin are attempted. None of them work, and Marie Therese marries Francis Cornish Sr. to cover up the scandal.



* ''Literature/What'sBredInTheBone''. Marie Therese, as a teenager, has sex with a hotel footman after her debut (possibly in ignorance of the potential consequences). Since the family is Catholic, of course they wouldn't ''dream'' of an abortion, which was illegal at the time anyway...but lots of scalding hot baths, many doses of castor oil and large quantities of gin are attempted. None of them work, and Marie Therese marries Francis Cornish Sr. to cover up the scandal.

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* ''Literature/What'sBredInTheBone''. Marie Therese, as The Creator/{{TLC}} reality show ''Series/IDidntKnowIWasPregnant'' showed women talking about suddenly going into labor and having a teenager, has sex baby without ever knowing they were carrying in the first place. If you're wondering how such a thing is possible, many women don't gain a noticeable amount of weight during pregnancy, especially if they're already full-figured, and they might normally have irregular periods or experience minor bleeding during the pregnancy and mistake that for their period. It becomes FridgeHorror since the women may have been drinkers, recreational drug users, and/or took legit medication that could have interfered with a hotel footman after her debut (possibly pregnancy. But in ignorance of most cases, the potential consequences). Since babies were born perfectly healthy, though at least one was born in a toilet because the family is Catholic, of course they wouldn't ''dream'' of an abortion, which was illegal mom thought she had to use the bathroom at the time anyway...but lots of scalding hot baths, many doses of castor oil and large quantities of gin are attempted. None of them work, and Marie Therese marries Francis Cornish Sr. to cover up the scandal.time...
29th Oct '16 3:05:18 PM nombretomado
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* Frequently happens in ''TheGunganCouncil''. Beth gets knocked up after her first time ever and Kirk, who vehemently ''does not'' want children, knocks someone up as well with just one encounter [[note]] The woman he knocked up decided to terminate the child anyway, yet for her own reasons.[[/note]].

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* Frequently happens in ''TheGunganCouncil''.''Roleplay/TheGunganCouncil''. Beth gets knocked up after her first time ever and Kirk, who vehemently ''does not'' want children, knocks someone up as well with just one encounter [[note]] The woman he knocked up decided to terminate the child anyway, yet for her own reasons.[[/note]].
15th Oct '16 6:03:21 PM jamespolk
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* In ''Film/ForKeeps'', it apparently only took one wild weekend for Stan and Darcy to conceive, and they were definitely not looking to have a child at that time.



* In ''Film/JohnnyBelinda'', Belinda gets pregnant after her first time having course, which is a rape.



* ''Film/ObviousChild''. The protagonist has a drunken one-night stand with a stranger after being dumped by her boyfriend and gets knocked up. The rest of the film is about her finding the father, starting a relationship with him, and getting an abortion.



* In ''Film/JohnnyBelinda'', Belinda gets pregnant after her first time having course, which is a rape.
* In ''Film/ForKeeps'', it apparently only took one wild weekend for Stan and Darcy to conceive, and they were definitely not looking to have a child at that time.
* ''Film/ObviousChild''. The protagonist has a drunken one-night stand with a stranger after being dumped by her boyfriend and gets knocked up. The rest of the film is about her finding the father, starting a relationship with him, and getting an abortion.

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* In ''Film/JohnnyBelinda'', Belinda gets pregnant after her first time having course, which is a rape.
* In ''Film/ForKeeps'', it apparently only took one wild weekend for Stan and Darcy to conceive, and they were definitely not looking to have a child at that time.
* ''Film/ObviousChild''. The protagonist has a drunken one-night stand with a stranger after being dumped by her boyfriend and
''Film/WhereAreMyChildren'': Poor Lillian gets knocked up. The rest up after having sex once, much to her horror. Mrs. Walton aborts three pregnancies, only to find when she changes her mind that those abortions robbed her of the film is about her finding the father, starting a relationship with him, and getting an abortion.chance to have any other children.
15th Oct '16 2:34:39 PM LaughingGiraffe
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* ''Film/ObviousChild''. The protagonist has a drunken one-night stand with a stranger after being dumped by her boyfriend and gets knocked up. The rest of the film is about her finding the father, starting a relationship with him, and getting an abortion.



* ObviousChild. The protagonist has a drunken one-night stand with a stranger after being dumped by her boyfriend and gets knocked up. The rest of the film is about her finding the father, starting a relationship with him, and getting an abortion.

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* ObviousChild. The protagonist has a drunken one-night stand with a stranger after being dumped by her boyfriend and gets knocked up. The rest of the film is about her finding the father, starting a relationship with him, and getting an abortion.


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* ''Literature/What'sBredInTheBone''. Marie Therese, as a teenager, has sex with a hotel footman after her debut (possibly in ignorance of the potential consequences). Since the family is Catholic, of course they wouldn't ''dream'' of an abortion, which was illegal at the time anyway...but lots of scalding hot baths, many doses of castor oil and large quantities of gin are attempted. None of them work, and Marie Therese marries Francis Cornish Sr. to cover up the scandal.
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